Alan T. Bakalinsky

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The FZF1 gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae encodes a five-zinc-finger transcription factor involved in sulphite tolerance. Previous work based on multicopy suppression analysis placed FZF1 upstream of SSU1, which encodes a plasma membrane protein and putative transporter also implicated in sulphite detoxification. Consistent with this analysis, Fzf1p was(More)
A general procedure is described for determining the chromosomal constitution of industrial strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae based on analysis of segregation frequencies for input markers among random spore progeny of industrial-laboratory strain hybrids. The multiply auxotrophic haploid testers used carried a dominant erythromycin-resistance marker,(More)
The cellulose reactivity of two lignocellulosic feedstocks, switchgrass and poplar, was evaluated under straight saccharification (SS) and simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) conditions following dilute sulfuric acid pretreatments designed for optimum xylose yields. The optimum pretreatment conditions, within the constraints of the(More)
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae SSU1 gene was isolated based on its ability to complement a mutation causing sensitivity to sulfite, a methionine intermediate. SSU1 encodes a deduced protein of 458 amino acids containing 9 or 10 membrane-spanning domains but has no significant similarity to other proteins in public databases. An Ssu1p-GEP fusion protein was(More)
Acetic acid inhibition of yeast fermentation has a negative impact in several industrial processes. As an initial step in the construction of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain with increased tolerance for acetic acid, mutations conferring resistance were identified by screening a library of deletion mutants in a multiply auxotrophic genetic background. Of(More)
Sulfite-resistant and sulfite-sensitive mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were isolated and characterized. Genetic analysis indicated that one and four genes were responsible for the resistant and sensitive responses, respectively, and suggested that defects in methionine and cysteine metabolism were not involved. Some resistant alleles, all of which were(More)
An ssu2 mutation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, previously shown to cause sulfite sensitivity, was found to be allelic to GRR1, a gene previously implicated in glucose repression. The suppressor rgt1, which suppresses the growth defects of grr1 strains on glucose, did not fully suppress the sensitivity on glucose or nonglucose carbon sources, indicating that(More)
Sardinian wine strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae used to make sherry-like wines form a biofilm at the air-liquid interface at the end of ethanolic fermentation, when grape sugar is depleted and further growth becomes dependent on access to oxygen. Here, we show that FLO11, which encodes a hydrophobic cell wall glycoprotein, is required for the air-liquid(More)
Spent cherry brine is an acidic byproduct of maraschino cherry processing and typically consists of variable amounts of glucose and fructose of up to 11% fermentable solids, 0.5–1.5% CaCl2, up to 0.4% sulfur dioxide, sorbitol, and lesser amounts of other cherry constituents. Disposal of brine represents a significant cost to processors because of its high(More)